Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will miss the remainder of the season to recover from shoulder surgery, it was revealed Tuesday.
Gerrard will undergo surgery later this week and subsequently will miss Liverpool's final two matches of the Premier League season in addition to England's two friendlies against Ireland on May 29 and Brazil on June 2.
"Liverpool have confirmed Steven Gerrard will undergo surgery on a recurrent shoulder problem this week," said a statement from Liverpool. "The captain's injury has progressively worsened in recent weeks and requires an operation to cure it. Gerrard will now miss the final two games of 2012-13, but he is expected to be fit for the start of pre-season training this summer."